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(Non-sex industry) labour trafficking: A forum to discuss trafficking in persons in contexts other than the commercial sex industry

Australian Institute of Criminology, 74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith, Canberra ACT 2603
18 June 2009

(Non-sex industry) labour trafficking: A forum to discuss trafficking in persons in contexts other than the commercial sex industry

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The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) is in the second year of a four-year program of research on trafficking in persons. The overarching objective of the research program is to contribute to the effectiveness of the Australian and international response to this issue. To date, the issue of trafficking into the commercial sex industry has been a focus of policy and research focus, both in Australia and in other countries. The challenges involved in understanding and responding to forms of trafficking in persons, where the exploitation takes place in industries other than the commercial sex industry, remains relatively unexplored.

Further information regarding the agenda for the event will be available soon. Please note that there will be limited places available and early registration is recommended to secure a place. Please direct all enquiries to

The Labour Trafficking Forum 2009 was held in the Australian Institute of Criminology Conference Room at 74 Leichhardt St, Griffith ACT between 8.30am - 5.30pm on 18 June 2009.

This forum seeked to bring together government agencies, non-government organisations and Australian and international academics to discuss the nature of the challenges involved with labour trafficking as it affects Australia and possible responses.

The forum focused on the issue of trafficking in persons for labour exploitation and featured:

  • keynote speakers and information sessions covering topics including:
    • - What is labour trafficking? Where do we draw the line between "harsh and exploitative" work and forced labour, slavery or slavery-like practices such as debt bondage?
    • - What is the current state of knowledge regarding labour trafficking?
    • - What do we know about the broader context within which labour trafficking is most likely to occur, including the broad range of unlawful conduct against migrant workers?
    • - What is the range of existing responses in Australia?
    • - What are the mechanisms that are being tried and tested overseas that may be relevant to policy development in Australia?
    • discussion panels with question and answer sessions encouraging audience interaction
    • a unique opportunity to network with speakers and delegates from a broad range of industries, including immigration, human rights, customs and other businesses, industry bodies, government and the education sector.

    The forum will provide an excellent opportunity to hear views on labour trafficking from regulatory, law enforcement, private sector and government perspectives.

    Who should attend?

    • Industry bodies
    • Government
    • Education
    • Academics
    • Non government organisations
    • Researchers, and
    • Anyone with an interest in trafficking in persons.

    Confirmed speakers

    Confirmed speakers for the 2009 Labour trafficking forum included:

    • Commissioner Barbara Deegan, Australian Industrial Relations Commission, and Special Adviser to the 457 Integrity Review.
    • Fiona David, Research Expert, Trafficking in Persons, Australian Institute of Criminology.
    • Zana Bytheway, Executive Director, Job Watch Inc, Victoria.
    • Kim Sattler, Secretary, Unions ACT.
    • Jenny Stanger, Supervisor, Samaritan Accommodation, The Salvation Army.
    • Jennifer Burn, Director, Anti-Slavery Project, University of Technology, Sydney.
    • Chris Nyland and Helen Forbes-Mewett, Monash University.
    • A panel of government speakers from agencies including the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the Office of the Workplace Ombudsman.